Academic Alliance

To develop the workforce of tomorrow, society needs to anticipate the skills that will be required in the future. EMC plays an active role as a community partner by collaborating with colleges and universities around the globe to close the growing technology skills gap through our EMC Academic Alliance initiative. This initiative provides cloud computing, Big Data analytics, information storage and backup recovery courseware designed to fit a variety of IT-related programs. This enables students to develop highly marketable knowledge relevant to the IT industry’s future needs, and helps ensure that the industry has a strong pipeline of graduates to meet future workforce needs.

In 2015, 345 new universities and colleges joined EMC Academic Alliance, increasing total membership to 2,594. The program’s global footprint touched 90 countries in 2015, and more than 130,000 students participated in EMC Academic Alliance courses. In total, the program has reached more than 490,000 students since its launch in 2006.

EMC Academic Alliance

Curriculum & Tools

Membership in the EMC Academic Alliance provides free access to “open” curriculum-based education, covering topics such as cloud computing, Big Data analytics, information storage and management, and backup recovery. We provide faculty with free training, courseware, and resources developed by EMC subject-matter experts who work with professors to validate curricula and ensure technical relevance and integration into academic programs.

As part of the EMC Academic Alliance program, registered students have access to an online portal that includes free e-Learning, case studies, videos, podcasts and white papers. We also encourage students to connect with their global peers and industry experts through Facebook, Twitter and the EMC Proven Professional™ online community.

Big Data Student Summit

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In October 2015, EMC Academic Alliance, in conjunction with the EMC Big Data Practice, hosted our first Big Data Student Summit in Franklin, Massachusetts. Our motivation was to provide students in analytics programs with an opportunity to see how Big Data can transform business by participating in a Big Data case study workshop. More than 50 students from the following New England institutions participated:

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  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Simmons College
  • Babson College

Hear from students first-hand as to what they got out of the summit:

“The EMC Big Data Summit was an authentic first-hand learning experience from the industry hands. It was presented in a succinct manner and wonderfully conducted to enhance learning and experience. The step-by -step case study analysis helped us think like actual consultants. The overall experience has us hooked on business analytics and we look forward to many more such sessions.”

“The EMC Big Data Summit exceeded all of my expectations. I'm an MBA student understanding the value of data and really appreciated the fact that we talked primarily about who needs what data and how it helps in the decision-making process. The things I learned will definitely help me be a better manager, not just a better data scientist.”

Academic Alliance Summits 2015


Redefine Academics, the theme for the sixth Academic Alliance Summit in India, focused on wider adoption of 3rd Platform technologies, opening new opportunities for academia. The event was sponsored by the EMC federation—EMC II, VMware, Pivotal and Virtustream —in conjunction with ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu (ICTACT).

EMC Academic Alliance Summit India

During the event, participants created the world’s largest selfie with 2,414 people, beating the earlier record of 714 people at Vatican City. The record was endorsed by Asian Book of Records and remains a trending topic on social media, garnering more than 100,000 views.


In 2015, EMC Academic Alliance celebrated five years of program offerings in Egypt. To mark the occasion, 60 professors from 25 universities gathered to be honored for their contributions to the program. In addition, during the event the first Cloud Centralized Lab was hosted at the supreme council of universities in Egypt, providing hands-on labs for the professors and students.

EMC Academic Alliance Summit Egypt


The Summit, co-led by EMC Academic Alliance, EMC’s China Center of Excellence and the Association of Fundamental Computing Education in Chinese Universities (AFCEC), provided an educator’s approach to some of the different ways universities and faculties are benefiting from Big Data and technology. The event also looked at how to prepare students for successful careers in a transforming IT industry and how to help them cross borders and boundaries in learning new technologies to keep pace with rapidly emerging markets.

EMC Academic Alliance Summit China

EMC Academic Associate

EMC Academic Associate recognition was launched in 2014. Students who pass the highly technical online test were given the designation of EMC Academic Associate – an easily identifiable credential that sets job candidates apart. Several unique features distinguish this new recognition for college students. As a globally standardized test that provides objective validation of their knowledge, the EMC Academic Associate credential is a meaningful indication to prospective employers of a student’s abilities. Each EMC Academic Associate has demonstrated the same measurable level of knowledge in the high demand and growing areas of information storage management and cloud computing.

Students can promote this recognition through use of the EMC Academic Associate logo and credential on résumés, e-mail signatures and in social media. They also join a large and diverse EMC technical community, where they can network, seek and give advice, and learn more through online forums such as the EMC Proven Professional community.

Academic Alliance Social Media

In 2015, EMC Academic Alliance continued to build our social media presence. We now have more than one million like-minded students across diverse geographies following our program, helping us to increase our reach into the global community.